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Total Guitar July 2020

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Total Guitar is Europe’s best-selling guitar magazine, crammed full of songs to learn plus backing tracks. From the latest metal and indie hits to classic rock from the likes of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, TG has more songs than ANY other guitar magazine!. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

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Welcome to one of the most ambitious issues of Total Guitar we’ve ever made – our rundown of the Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. It’s a phrase I use with trepidation, because I do feel that the creative endeavour of music can’t really be measured. A guitarist’s influence? It’s a subjective topic. Popularity, maybe? Well, 2019’s end-of-year album chart is dominated by pop; guitar music doesn’t feature heavily. The all-time best-selling albums list offers a little more food for thought, but if it was the source for our greatest guitarists we’d only end up cherry picking. Clearly we had to bite the bullet, pin our colours to the mast and make our own list. We began by compiling a list’ of 250+ guitarists – a bit of a problem, if I’m…

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the 10o greatest guitarists ever! ...and how to play like them!

Here’s the thing. Choosing our collective 100 favourite guitarists turned out to be just too darned tough for TG’s fanatical team of guitar nerds! So, armed with a ‘shortlist’ of over 250 players, we decided to ask you lovely readers to have the casting vote in an online poll on GuitarWorld.com. Here’s how it works. We took 170 guitarists from our big list and grouped them into six categories: classic rock, blues, heavy metal, shred, indie/alternative and a ‘best right now’ contemporary poll. Six categories and six polls later, we had some results. The winning guitarists make up 80 of the 100 you’ll see here. The other 20 are chosen by us. Read on for tips, profiles, interviews and lessons on all 100 players, including the man pictured here, Queen’s Brian…

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one vision

What does it mean to you to come in at number one in Total Guitar’s poll of the greatest rock guitarists? “I’m absolutely speechless. I’m blown away. I have to say it’s completely unexpected. Obviously I’m deeply touched that people feel that way about me. I’m not under any illusions that, technically, I’m even on the tree of great guitarists. I guess this tells me that what I’ve done has affected people, and that means a great deal to me. I will never claim to be a great guitarist in the sense of, you know, a virtuoso. I guess I just try to play from my heart and that’s about it.” Perhaps you’d reflect on the players who came behind you in our poll? Jimi Hendrix was second. “Oh my god! Well, it…

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hammer for all

“I did a version of Hammer To Fall on one of my Instagram micro-concerts. I invited people to jam along with that. There’s a hashtag (#jamwithbri) and loads of people did [jam along], so it’s great! The hashtags are great because it enables me to go and look for the interactions that people have entered into. “Hammer To Fall... I think it’s about attitude, really. Most people can play an A chord [laughs], if they’ve been playing the guitar for any length of time. That riff is an A chord and then two fingers added on to turn it into a D chord with an A bass. That’s the riff, really. “That’s all it is. But it’s about attitude. It’s about how you hit it and the emphasis on which strings you’re…

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the works brian may’s 20 greatest guitar moments

KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE (QUEEN, 1973) As the opening track on their debut, the May-penned Keep Yourself Alive serves as one hell of a mission statement. The flanged rhythm gallop and bluesy leads explode with metallic thunder and his classically tinged, harmonised solo set the bar high right from the off. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE (QUEEN II, 1974) The closing number on Queen’s sophomore release, written by Freddie Mercury, features one of May’s more aggressive solos, a minor section brilliantly sandwiched in between staccato major runs caked in delay. BRIGHTON ROCK (SHEER HEART ATTACK, 1974) By the time the quartet were working on their third album, their classic pop-driven sound was starting to solidify. That said, moments like the solo in Brighton Rock proved May could easily give Jimmy Page a run for his money and…

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seven proficien-cies of bri…

1. FINGER VIBRATO Brian’s elegant vibrato is a cornerstone of his playing Make sure you're able to bend up to a note and add vibrato below the pitch you’ve bent to for a typical Brian style vibrato. 2. GUITAR VIBRATO Brian’s pick-hand rarely strays from the guitar’s vibrato arm Keep one or two free picking-hand fingers in contact with your guitar’s whammy bar. Brian uses it on chords, arpeggios, solos – everything, really! 3. PICKING DYNAMICS You know about Brian’s preference for a sixpence, but… Despite using a metal coin for a pick Brian’s touch ranges from firm to very gentle, even switching to fingerstyle at times. 4. CLEANING UP Every guitar has a volume control. Use it for clean tones Brian’s signature cleans aren’t always that clean. Often he'll keep his drive tone dialled in and just back off his…